8 new features Android O will bring to your phone

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The age of Nougat is over. Google has officially unveiled its new Android O operating system for smartphones and tablets at its I/O conference.

Right now, Android O really is meant for developers to start learning from and improving their apps. That means you can download its beta incarnation to an array of Google's own devices, including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player.

Even if you don't plan on jumping on this initial build, it's worth finding out what to expect when Android O gets finalised later this year – and has a proper name. It's gotta be Oreo, right?

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Android O devices will reboot twice as fast, app performance to substantially improve

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During the keynote yesterday, Google has shared some great news regarding Android O: When compared to Nougat, the new version of the operating system will allow devices to reboot twice as fast. It’s true, you probably don’t reboot your smartphone on a regular basis. But you can’t get around it from time to time, as it is required when you receive a software update, for example. Some handsets do take quite some time to reboot, so speeding up the process is definitely something users will welcome with open arms. However, the company didn’t explain in detail the changes it made to achieve this.

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Here is why the Essential Phone exists: 6 principles that make it different from others

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A company unveiled a new phone today.

In a world of tens, if not hundred of great devices, the announcement of the Essential Phone, the first handset from the namesake company conceived by Android creator Andy Rubin himself, will feel like one of many in just a few days.

In order for a phone to truly stand out these days, it needs more than just specs: it needs a solid reason to exist.

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Judy, Judy, Judy; Malware affects as many as 36.5 million Android devices

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Last week, researchers at Check Point discovered malware called "Judy" that could have infected as many as 36.5 million Android devices. The auto-clicking adware generates large numbers of fraudulent clicks on ads, resulting in large sums being paid to the hackers behind the operation. The malware was found on 41 apps offered by a Korean firm, and quickly spread between 4.5 million and 18.5 million downloads.

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